The Utility Source July 2016 - Page 8

Isuzu And Spartan Motors Celebrate Production of the 30,000th N-Series Gasoline Truck Another Production Milestone for North America’s Gasoline-Powered, Low-Cab-Forward Truck Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s best-selling low-cab-forward trucks, announced today that the 30,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Michigan. The truck rolled off the line on Friday, June 10, 2016. “Last April, we announced that our partners at Spartan Motors had produced their 20,000th gas-powered Isuzu truck in only four years. Now, only a year later, we celebrate another 10,000 trucks produced,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “The demand for gasoline-engine low-cab-forward trucks is growing, and we’re the only brand able to meet that need. But we couldn’t do it without the performance and reliability of our Isuzu N-Gas truck and the tremendous build quality of the finished product, thanks to Spartan.” Assembly of Isuzu N-Series gas trucks began at Spartan in April 2011. Isuzu N-Series gas trucks are powered by a Vortec 6.0-liter small-block V8 engine that produces 297 horsepower at 4,300 rpm and generates 372 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. The powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive and lock-up torque converter for enhanced fuel economy and performance. 6 TUS • July ‘16 An optional version of the engine is capable of being converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, or propane). A full range of gasoline-powered models is available: • NPR (12,000-lb. GVWR) Single Cab in wheelbases of 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 inches Crew Cab in wheelbases of 150 and 176 inches • NPR-HD (14,500-lb. GVWR) Single Cab in wheelbases on 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 inches Crew Cab in wheelbases of 150 and 176 inches “We not only offer the best gas-powered LCF truck in North America, we offer it in a wide range of configurations to meet our customers’ needs,” Skinner said. “So we expect to announce many more production milestones in the future.” and •